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Table 1 Characteristics of different variables for the Greek and Scandinavian samples

From: Stress and perceived health among primary care visitors in two corners of Europe: Scandinavia and Greece

Variables Greek N = 84
n (%)
Scandinavian N = 140
n (%)
p-value
Gender
 Male
 Female
18 (21)
66 (79)
32 (23)
108 (77)
0.87
Agea
 18-29 years
 30-49 years
 50-65 years
14 (17)
48 (58)
21 (25)
27 (21)
56 (43)
48 (37)
0.09
Smoker
 Yes
31 (37) 20 (15) < 0.0001
Unemployed
 Yes
17 (21) 6 (4) < 0.0001
Longstanding illness
 Yes
20 (25) 40 (29) 0.28
Medication with glucocorticoids
 Yes
4 (5) 8 (6) 0.99
Serious life-events
 Yes
55 (65) 36 (26) < 0.0001
Perceived health
 Good
 Bad
29 (35)
53 (65)
110 (83)
23 (17)
< 0.0001
Perceived stress
 Low
 Moderately
 High/very high
7 (8.3)
39 (46.4)
38 (45.2)
40 (29.2)
63 (46.0)
34 (24.8)
< 0.0001
Hope for the future
 Hopeful
 Hopeless
43 (52)
39 (48)
131 (97)
4 (3)
< 0.0001
HAD depression
 None
 Moderate
 High
46 (55)
22 (26)
16 (19)
123 (87)
11 (8)
2 (2)
< 0.0001
HAD anxiety
 None
 Moderately
 High
37 (44)
22 (26)
25 (30)
90 (66)
29 (21)
18 (13)
0.002
  1. aMissing data for Age: Greece n = 1, Scandinavian n = 9
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